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Are there any smoking cessation products that help prevent weight gain or facilitate weight loss?

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None of the products used to stop smoking cause weight gain, nor do they cause weight loss. People tend to eat more after quitting tobacco use because they eat as a social and physical substitute for smoking. Watching your diet and looking for other nonfood substitutes for smoking can help, as well as adding physical activity to your daily routine. Nicotine replacement products such as the patch can help reduce your craving for nicotine, which may in turn help you eat less.

The prescription drug Zyban SR® (bupropion) - originally marketed as an antidepressant Wellbutrin SR® - is approved for smoking cessation. Weight loss has been reported in patients using this medication. Contact your doctor for more information and treatment options.

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View products to help stop smoking available on Walgreens.com.

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